According to sources on Saturday, the CBI has opened a preliminary investigation against Trinamool Congress Lok Sabha MP Mahua Moitra in response to a referral from the anti-corruption watchdog Lokpal.
Nishikant Dubey, a BJP MP, filed a complaint against Moitra with the Lokpal about claims that the latter accepted money in order to ask questions in Parliament.
Neither the Lokpal nor the CBI released an official comment about the matter.
Additionally, Dubey had charged Moitra with jeopardizing national security in order to enrich himself.
The Lok Sabha’s Ethics Committee is also investigating the accusations made against her.
In order to determine if the claims warrant a thorough investigation, the CBI has opened a preliminary inquiry. If the PE yields sufficient prima facie evidence, the CBI may proceed to file a formal complaint.
In return for presents, industrialist Darshan Hiranandani allegedly asked Moitra to pose questions in the Lok Sabha that were directed against the Adani Group and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Dubey.
Moitra has denied any misconduct and said that she was singled out because she questioned the Adani group’s business dealings.